China’s energy supplies are heavily concentrated in coal, which is one reason so much effort is being expended to clean up the air and water and devise cleaner energy sources. The Chart below, taken from a McKinsey report, China’s green opportunity, suggests that China’s policies can do a lot to mitigate the problems in coming years. Very optimistic report.
Which reminds me. On Forbes on Fox tomorrow morning (10:20 EST) we have a spirited debate about the impact of green policies on the economy. I take the position that the proposed cap and trade legislation is a massive tax on working people and would have a very negative impact on growth. At the end of the day our living standard will be exactly as high as the amount of work that is performed int he economy. That includes work done by people, work done by current sunlight (agriculture and solar power), and work done by transforming stored solar energy (oil, gas, coal, uranium) into goods and services.